Japan & Taiwan 2017

Far East travels

TaipeiNahaOkinawa sunsetMoon over the castle gateShuriFerry to KagoshimaOn boardEast China SeaThundercloudsDistant rainNight on the boatArriving at KyushuSakurajimaSakurajima steamingSakurajima sunsetAso-sanAso townFerry to OsakaInland sea sunriseAkashi Kaikyo BridgeOsakaKyotoFuji viewFuji climbYoshida TrailClouds risingOcean viewThe summitThe crater rimDescentInto the cloudsReturn to 5th stationKawaguchikoTokyoTokyo Metropolitan Government BuildingMore rainAsakusaUeno



Friday, August 25th 2017


I went to Asia for work. A conference in Tokyo where I could present my research was a good reason to head east, and then I decided to combine the trip with a visit to Taipei for more astronomical research, after which I would travel back to Japan for some holiday.

I had feared that my month away would be just a long sweaty mess. Weather forecasts before I left suggested that Tokyo would be brutal and Taipei would be horrifically brutal, with no respite from heat and humidity until I returned to London. It turned out quite differently: Tokyo was just overcast, very humid but not very hot. And Taipei was pretty amazingly hot but not the furnace I'd built it up in my mind to be. Still, I was happy to be staying in a place with air conditioning not too far away from the air conditioned office I was in at the National Taiwan University.


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